The Countrywide Great Tour, a 64-day circumnavigation of coastline by bicycle starts from Anglesey on Saturday 4 July.
As the world's greatest bike race, the Tour de France, gets underway in the Netherlands, a group of cyclists will be heading off from Holyhead on Anglesey to embark upon The Countrywide Great Tour, a 6,600-kilometre circumnavigation of Britain's coastline by bike.
Strava, the leading global community of cyclists and runners, has teamed with Garmin to elevate the real-time experience on the Garmin Edge 520, the first GPS bike computer to feature Strava Live Segments. Athletes can now gauge their performance on Strava segments on their device and know what it takes, in the moment, to beat their personal record or challenge the millions of other Strava athletes.
A sold out field of 1,050 racers from 31 countries got to race like pros for a day at the inaugural GFNY Mont Ventoux on June 28th 2015.
Starting from the town of Vaison-La-Romain in Southern France's Provence region and finishing atop the 'giant of Provence' Mont Ventoux, it was a challenging day that saw many triumphs of determination and courage.
A bold claim, some might say, but Dutch researchers have analysed data from approximately 50,00 Dutch people and have concluded that not only does cycling for one hour add an hour to a person's lifespan (totaling 6 months for the average Dutch cyclist) but it appears 11,000 premature deaths are saved every year through cycling in the Netherlands as well.
There's lots on this coming weekend; if you're wanting to get out on your bike there's no better time than the weekend that contains the longest day of the year, especially as it's looking like it'll be good weather across the UK.
Strava, the global online community for athletes, has released new cycling data showing the growth of women’s cycling within the UK to celebrate the Aviva Women's Tour taking place later this month. Strava are the official 'Queen of the Mountains' jersey partner of the race.
Cycling aficionados take to the stunning countryside of Derbyshire on period machinery
‘L’Eroica’, the Italian event that spawned the vintage cycling movement, arrived in Britannia on 22nd June and swapped its native Tuscany countryside for the arguably even more beautiful landscape of the Peak District, making for a festival of cycling run over three days of glorious sunshine.
Even after a decade’s close working relationship with the man next to me I’m still a little awestruck and more than slightly bewildered. Sat to my left in this tucked-away country pub in the hills above his home is the third most successful professional cyclist of all time, Sean Kelly. To my right is his brother Vincent, himself an accomplished roadman in his day.
Ride a UK sportive – or a continental one, for that matter – and you will in all likelihood have to descend at least one long, and possibly steep, hill. Faced with such a scenario, many cyclists will opt to keep their speed in check rather than allow rider and cycle to reach ‘terminal’ velocity, but even those who like to let rip and see how fast they can go face the same challenge, which is to be able to slow down in good time if necessary.
The Hell of the Ashdown is the early season event to do, thanks to a wonderful route that swoops oﬀ the North Downs into Sussex and takes a brief sojourn into Surrey before climbing back to the higher ground of Biggin Hill in Kent. That’s certainly not the only climb – at the halfway point is Kidds Hill, aka ‘The Wall’, a mile at an average of nine per cent that gradually ramps up like a ski jump. Kidds was considered too steep for the Tour de France when it visited the Ashdown Forest in 1994.
Those enterprising men who devised l’Eroica back in 1997 could barely have envisaged the impact their randonnee was going to have. A ride on old bicycles organised in an attempt to thwart a local authority’s plans to tarmac over the undulating strade bianche - the ‘white roads’ - of Tuscany has spawned a dozen imitators in several countries.
It’s early December, it’s cold, dark and there’s a light frost on the roads as I pull back the curtains at 5am. There are different ways to approach riding through the winter. You can shy away from riding outdoors completely when the weather isn’t favourable and hit the turbo trainer, or you can enter a 200km Audax. Guess which I did.
Removing – and fitting - a clincher tyre is, for most cyclists, a regular maintenance procedure. It’s also one that many find challenging, if not nearly impossible, to the extent that some people avoid riding alone in case they get a puncture. With the correct technique, however, this feared task turns out to be as quick and easy as the inventor of the clincher intended.
The pros do it, so why shouldn’t you? That is, escape to a warm, sunny place with smooth roads, long climbs and no distractions to get a decent block of training in before the season starts. You could tough it out in the UK and do your four-hour rides in driving rain or sub-zero temperatures, but flying south and putting the miles in on a Balearic island with a group of like-minded riders is a far pleasanter and much more efficient way of getting fit.
The optimal gearing for any rider largely depends upon the optimal cadence for the particular cycling discipline in question. So, what is the optimal cadence for a sportive rider and where would you look to find the answers?
By happy coincidence, road cycling’s major component manufacturers have been offering progressively smaller lowest gear ratios in almost exact proportion to the growth in popularity of cyclo-sportives. It is, of course, always possible that the two factors have evolved without affecting each other but, in any case, it is at least arguable that, were road bike gear ratios stuck where they were in, say, 1998, there’d be fewer people keen to take up an activity practically defined by its taste for steep hills.